Nadeen Fankhauser grew up on a small farm in Ohio, where she began playing the clarinet at the age of 10. It was in high school that her interest and abilities in music began to bloom when her family spent most of a year on sabbatical in Italy and she took lessons with Giuseppe Baldini through the Conservatorio di Musica di Napoli. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Lawrence McDonald, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. She achieved her Masters of Music from Florida State University under the instruction of Frank Kowalsky, and a Performance Certificate from Northwestern University with Steven Cohen and Lawrie Bloom.
Nadeen has held playing positions with the Evansville Philharmonic in Indiana and Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, and has performed with the New World Symphony in Florida. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2015, she has been busy as a freelancer and performs regularly with orchestras around New York City such as the Garden State Philharmonic and Bard Conductor’s Institute Orchestra. She is a member of the Park Slope Chamber Players, performing new and classical music in and around New York City, and recording under the Centaur label. She has been playing with the String Orchestra Brooklyn since 2015.